December 23, 2013

In his first annual message for the Jan. 1 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God.

"Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace," the pope wrote in his 5,000-word address.

"At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure."